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Cinnamon Girl rides again


2002 subaru outback

My 2002 Subaru Outback, AKA Cinnamon Girl, was in the hospital for a couple of days for a checkup and some repairs. I’m happy to say she is back on the road again.

We’ve been driving together for thirteen years and I’m hoping to make it to 15, at the very least. Maybe twenty?

I must admit she’s had her share of problems, even though she has low mileage for her age (80,000 miles or 128,750 kilometers) but despite everything I enjoy driving her. She’s more than a car… she is my friend and when we are out together I feel like we are one unit working in unison. When I walk out of the store and there is Cinnamon Girl in the parking lot gleaming in the sunlight, I fall in love all over again!

Don’t tell her, but I’ve looked at other cars to see if there is anything to replace her when the day comes. I’ve been trying to decide if I should put more money into her or shop for a new car. Every time something else goes wrong I say this is the last time! But so far I haven’t found another automobile that measures up. The new Outbacks are gigantic. A couple of years ago I drove one for a week when CG was having major surgery. It was like driving a cruise ship down the street, so that is not for me.

I’ve visited various dealers and talked to the sales people about their Toyotas and Hondas but they just don’t do it for me.

Yesterday I looked at the Subaru Impreza sport and I have to say I could see myself driving it. I don’t need a big car.

So part of the reason I took her in was to have her thoroughly checked over to find out if it looked like there was anything major coming down the pike. The service technician assured me there were no worries with Cinnamon Girl’s engine… it’s in very good condition for the mileage and age of the car. So that’s good news. I have done my best to look after her. He said I should be driving her for many, many, many years to come.

Okay with me. At least until next time I have to drop more $$$$$$… but I also don’t have $25,000 or more in my piggy bank… so I figure for now I will keep patching her up and save the big decision for another day.

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

19 thoughts on “Cinnamon Girl rides again

  1. No experience with Subarus but with Neil Young, yes. I like the fact that the bumper extends so high on the window so there’s less paint and scratches to worry about. Nice, I’m glad for you!


    • She certainly has her share of scratches and scrapes… mostly from supermarket parking lots… but they don’t show up unless you look closely. That bumper has saved me many times…. been replaced three times over the years in accidents (not my fault). I listened to the Cinnamon Girl song, how could I ever give her up?


  2. I’ve only really owned one car that I felt a real affinity towards, in that intangible “We’re just a good partnership” kind of way. Alas, I put that poor car into a ditch on a lonely stretch of road in who-knows-where New Mexico, and then, despite it being my own error and inattentiveness, eventually I ended up trading it in for a similar vehicle (with no undercarriage damage). But it was never the same after that. I still miss that car. 🙂


    • I know I would miss this car if I bought another one… as at this stage when I don’t drive that much I would end up buying a “lesser” car and would always regret it. I understand how you feel.


  3. Just because a car is new doesn’t mean it won’t have problems. Keep going Cinnamon Girl! The best car is one without a car payment. 🙂


  4. It good to have the service technician assurance. Beautiful car, Roslyn!


  5. I feel you. For someone who loves driving and drives a lot for travel, I treat my car like another person … like my baby, a friend, a relative, my girl. It’s great you take care of yours, not like I do. 🙂 Keep the car, a wise and more … uhm … endearing choice 🙂 . I had a used KIA Sportage that was like more than 10 years old but worked like a champ even though I abuse it. 😀


    • I bought the Subaru because it was supposed to be trouble free and reliable but that hasn’t been my experience… but I still love the car and when I figured out how much it was costing me, it was still cheaper than buying a new, or even used, car. Maybe now all the bugs are taken care of and it will be smooth sailing from here. Maybe I treat my car too well and should “abuse” her more!!!


  6. I suppose I always develop a certain fondness, even affection, for cars I’ve owned. But I’ve never given them names. Perhaps because I never had one Cinnamon one.


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  8. Just a quick visit from the zoo post to see how your “Cinnamon Girl”,is doing.They do need to come out of the garage once in a while,before the “heart” of the engine gets “aged and rusty … “


    • Yes, Doda, with all the public transportation so close to me, I’m finding it harder and harder to justify driving my car… so I have to think up excuses to take her out for a spin. I’m not ready to give her up yet so I have to keep her running!

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